DATA BREACH: DHS Says Confidential Info Released

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There’s been a data breach at the Iowa Department of Human Services which affects more than 2,000 Polk County residents.

The department issued a news release about the breach Friday. It says because of improper use of personal electronic devices and personal online storage accounts by two employees, some confidential data was transmitted outside of the secure network.

The breach was discovered during an internal investigation in January. It shows confidential data has been transmitted outside of the network since 2008.

The information transmitted included names, mailing addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and medical information from some child and dependent adult abuse cases.

Those affected have been contacted by mail and are being offered free credit monitoring.

“There are no reports that any of the information was misused before it was deleted,” says Pat Penning, service area manager for Polk County.

Officials say appropriate action has been taken against the two employees who violated the DHS policy that led to the breach. Spokesperson Amy Lorentzen McCoy cited personnel policies in declining to answer what those actions were.


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